Like all Americans, Kareem Abdul Jabbar is entitled to his opinion. Including pontificating on the coming “race war”. There are, however, a few points Mr. Jabbar prefers to gloss over.
After he points to the Kent State shooting as a catalyst for change, he writes:
You probably haven’t heard of the Jackson State shootings.
On May 14th, 10 days after Kent State ignited the nation, at the predominantly black Jackson State University in Mississippi, police killed two black students (one a high school senior, the other the father of an 18-month-old baby) with shotguns and wounded twelve others.
There was no national outcry. The nation was not mobilized to do anything. That heartless leviathan we call History swallowed that event whole, erasing it from the national memory.
Erasing it from the National memory, indeed. Well, except for Wiki:
A group of around a hundred African-American students had gathered on Lynch Street (named after John R. Lynch), which bisected the campus, on the evening of Thursday, May 14 to protest the United States invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. By around 9:30 p.m. the students had started fires, thrown rocks at white motorists and overturned vehicles, including a large truck. Firefighters dispatched to the scene quickly requested police support.
Mr. Jabbar then goes on to suggest poverty as a rallying point for change.
The U.S. Census Report finds that 50 million Americans are poor. Fifty million voters is a powerful block if they ever organized in an effort to pursue their common economic goals.
Let’s just assume for the moment that Mr. Jabbar’s statistic of “50 million Americans are poor” is accurate. This is an indictment of LBJ’s failed policy of a ‘War on Poverty’. Liberal policies were supposed to end poverty. Fifty years of liberalism either created more poverty or they fudged the numbers to continue the charade.
Then it gets good:
I’m not saying the protests in Ferguson aren’t justified—they are. In fact, we need more protests across the country. Where’s our Kent State? What will it take to mobilize 4 million students in peaceful protest?
Oh, I don’t know… 4 million students that stay in school so they can get good jobs? Ever seen the drop-out rate of students in urban areas?
Because that’s what it will take to evoke actual change.
Oh, I don’t know, that peaceful protest thing hasn’t worked out too well for Fr. Phlegar with all the shootings in Chicago. But let’s spend one minute listening to what his message is.
(Skip the first 30 seconds.)
Sorry about that. But I had to do it to show you what, exactly, this war on poverty means: They want us all poor. You see, if we are all dirt poor then there will be no looting. Or something like that.
The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future.
We now understand how the middle class will join the poor under Obama, but why do whites have to join African Americans? Whites elected Barrack Obama to the highest office in the land and that magnanimous gesture has been dismissed out of hand. Why can’t African Americans join whites now that we know what a complete and utter failure he is? And if there really is 50 million in poverty why are we allowing more impoverished people to cross the border unchecked?
If we don’t have a specific agenda—a list of exactly what we want to change and how—
Oh, I think Mr. Jabbar has a ‘specific agenda’. It’s “Change you Can Believe In”- the same communist crap Obama was peddling.